Yordano Ventura Tossed After Getting Revenge, Intentionally Hitting Brett Lawrie

After the Oakland Athletics' Brett Lawrie injured Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar with a questionable slide Friday night, everyone knew that Lawrie would be hit on Saturday.It wasn't a matter of "if." It was a matter of "when."The A's touched up Royals starter Yordano Ventura for a five-spot in the top of the fourth inning of Saturday's game. Lawrie stepped to the plate with one out in the inning, setting the stage.Ventura sent a 99 mph fastball to Lawrie's ribs on the second pitch of the at-bat. Knowing the situation, the home-plate umpire immediately ejected the pitcher.The beaning resulted in both benches and bullpens emptying. To his credit, Lawrie absorbed the payback and just walked down to first base.In case you missed the dirty slide, take a look below:Escobar suffered a sprained knee as a result of the slide.[MLB.com]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Bryce Harper Booms Longest Home Run of His Career vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Bryce Harper really liked this pitch from Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Harang.He really, really liked it.On a 3-1 count in the bottom of the fifth inning, Harper sent Harang's offering all the way over the center field fence and off the wall. There was absolutely no doubt about it from the moment it left the bat—Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis didn't even move.The estimated distance: 461 feet.While some players like to celebrate big home runs with a bat flip, Harper chose to celebrate with a hair flip:Harper's home run tied the game at 3-3. Philadelphia went on to win, 5-3.[MLB.com, Nationals on MASN]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Justin Upton Injury: Updates on Padres OF’s Quad and Return

The San Diego Padres were dealt an injury blow Saturday, as Justin Upton injured his quad in the team's loss against the Chicago Cubs. Continue for updates. Upton's Status Day-to-Day After Suffering Quad Injury Saturday, April 18 Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego provided an update on Upton's status after the game: Upton has been a big part of San Diego's solid 7-5 start to the season. The slugger, who was traded to the team in the offseason from the Atlanta Braves, is hitting .326 with three home runs and eight RBI this season. His addition, along with that of Matt Kemp and Wil Myers this offseason, has rejuvenated the Padres offense and made the team a legitimate playoff contender this season. While there were some concerns that the spacious confines of Petco Park might mitigate some of Upton's power, he's certainly gotten off to a strong start. Certainly, the Padres will be hoping that Upton can return to ...

Mets Pitcher Alex Torres to Wear New Protective Hat on the Mound

As Major League Baseball looks to protect its pitchers from comebackers, New York Mets pitcher Alex Torres is doing his part to promote safety.Last season, Torres—then with the San Diego Padres—wore a protective hat that made him look very odd on the field. Now, after some tweaks, Torres will be wearing an updated version of the protective cap:SportsNet New York tweeted out a few pictures of Torres in action with the new hat:Here's another look, via USA Today:Here's a side-by-side look at the protective hats:Give Torres credit. Not every pitcher would be willing to wear these protective hats—for various reasons. However, Torres is willing to put safety above everything else.[Marc Carig]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Jake Peavy Injury: Updates on Giants Star’s Back and Return

The San Francisco Giants have gotten off to a rough start in 2015 and will now be without right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy due to an ailing back. Peavy was taken out of his start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night after 3.2 innings due to back stiffness. Continue for updates. Giants Place Peavy on DL Saturday, April 18 According to the Giants' official Twitter account, Peavy was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a back strain: He allowed eight hits and four runs to the Diamondbacks before his exit.  Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area added more details on Peavy's injury and Peavy's thoughts on heading to the disabled list: After the loss, Peavy told Chris Haft of MLB.com that physically he "was plenty good enough to be out there" before the Diamondbacks smacked him around. The Giants currently sit in last place in the National League West with a 3-9 record—the only team under .500 ...

Cubs Fan Catches Foul Ball with Beer Cup, Chugs Beer

This Chicago Cubs fan knows that when a baseball lands in your cup, you have to chug your drink.With her Cubbies up 6-2 in the top of the ninth against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, this fan likely figured she'd be consuming an early victory beer. Instead, the Padres came roaring back with four runs in the ninth, sending the game into extra innings.[MLB.com]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Pete Rose to Join Fox Sports as Baseball Analyst

After being banned from the sport in 1989, Pete Rose is finally coming back to baseball—as a television analyst for Fox Sports.   According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Rose has signed a deal to be a guest analyst on various television programs on the family of networks: Rose will serve FOX as a guest analyst for the MLB on FOX pregame show on FOX and FOX Sports 1 and will also appear on "MLB Whiparound," "America's Pregame" and "FOX Sports Live" on FOX Sports 1. ... ... FOX officials say they are hiring Rose for his on-air presence and that he will make for compelling television regardless of how one views his controversial past. Rose, 74, is quoted in Rosenthal's report as saying he enjoys "talking baseball, and that's what this is all about. Enjoying the game of baseball, sitting in the green room watching two or three games, getting on TV and talking about ...

Greg Holland Injury: Updates on Royals Pitcher’s Pectoral and Return

The Royals announced that Greg Holland was placed on the 15-day DL Saturday with a right pectoral strain. Continue for updates. Holland Heads to 15-Day DL Saturday, April 18 One day, Holland is picking up the save in a 6-4 win for the Kansas City Royals; the next, he's hitting the disabled list.  The 29-year-old has picked right up from where he left off in 2014. In four appearances this year, he's failed to allow a hit, walking one batter and striking out three. He's also tied for the American League lead in saves (4). The good news for Kansas City is that it has plenty of arms who can take over ninth-inning duties. Wade Davis is the natural replacement, and he hasn't allowed a run in his five relief appearances. NBCSports.com's Matthew Pouliot believes Davis is a must-add for fantasy owners: Losing Holland will hurt somewhat, but the presence of Davis at the back end of the bullpen should soften ...

Josh Hamilton: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Star’s Future with Angels

Outfielder Josh Hamilton's future with the Los Angeles Angels is very much in question, but the two sides are in talks to reach some type of resolution. Continue for updates. Trade, Buyout Potentially on the Table Saturday, April 18 Despite having yet to play a game in 2015, Hamilton has dominated headlines since it was revealed that he had a substance-abuse relapse during the offseason. Shortly around that time, Hamilton also filed for divorce from his wife, Katie, according to Naheed Rajwani of The Dallas Morning News.  The 33-year-old slugger was not disciplined by Major League Baseball, but he is out as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury. Even when Hamilton is ready to play, though, the Angels may not welcome him back. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Los Angeles is looking into trading him: That could be difficult due to Hamilton's bloated contract, which is why buying him out is also a ...

5 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers to Grab Before They’re Household Names

Back in spring training, before the real fake games began, as it were, we provided two sets of sleepers. It's time for a few more. The first was a batch of 25 names to know, primarily for shallow leagues. The second set comprised 20 more players who qualified as even deeper sleepers. Well, this is where we, inspired by Friday's promotion of stud prospect Kris Bryant, provide you, dear fantasy owner, with yet another select group of all new players who could go from under the radar to household names—as in, someone even your parents might have heard of soon enough—ideally before the first half of the 2015 season is over. That eliminates several top prospects, like Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Joey Gallo Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, who likely are a bit too far off for first-half impact. It also removes all players who already have been written up as sleepers by yours ...

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